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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,743 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Kia Sorento engine problems

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2009 Kia Sorento Owner Comments

problem #2

May 122015


  • 66,000 miles


ESC off sensor and check engine light comes on when starting vehicle or when in motion/driving. ESC off illuminates followed by complete loss of acceleration. While driving at 30 mph to 70 mph light appears and quickly looses lack of throttle acceleration pow»R. I've had this happen (10 plus times) since I bought this vehicle in 2012 pre-owned from Kia dealership in cape coral, fl. Tonight 5/12/15 I was heading on highway and stopped 3 times every 2 to 4 miles (lost power) in the middle of traffic.. finally, vehicle came back on more for about 10 miles, while on the highway going 65 to 70 mphs vehicle showed ESC off light and lost acceleration then power... no accident just swerved alot..

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 192012


  • 35,486 miles
I suddenly lost power or control to the gas. I coasted the car to my work a few miles away in osseo, wi. I had the car towed to a nearby garage, the loft service center in osseo, wi. They hooked it up to a computer and could find nothing wrong. 10/7/14 the same thing happened. My husband and I were on a trip and lost power, coasted to the side of the road about every 20 to 40 miles for about 300 miles until we got to the Kia prestige in eau claire, wi. Throttle body sensor was replaced. 4/20/15 same thing happened. I pulled into a parking lot. Shut off the car. When it was restarted, I was able to drive it to Kia prestige in eau claire, wi. Replaced throttle body and air sensor to air filter cost $1298. Parts are only guaranteed for one year. I was told this could happen again for many reasons. I am afraid this is unsafe and I could be rear-ended the next time it happens. I called their customer service at 1-800-333-4542 and have a case no. [xxx]. they would not tell me if this is a common problem or how to fix it. I see many similar complaints online. I had a Kia rondo before this and it happened with this car as well. I see this as a huge safety issue and just don't want to die or have my grandchildren die because they won't do anything about it. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mondovi, WI, USA

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